a nice summer dinner
The traffic out to the Hamptons this weekend was hell. I am going to be out here this weekend but not again until August. The entire way out I was thinking about how this is my second to last drive out here for the summer. I so hate traffic. I am spending a chunk of the summer in Europe. Blogging will follow. Beginning in Rome then to Tuscany and then up to Zurich and over to London for the duration. I am the only constant in Europe from the Wilson family. Others come and go. I'm looking forward to it.
When we finally arrived out here, I rushed out to the store to fill up on makings for dinner. Dinner was the perfect summer meal. Local swordfish rubbed with chopped basil, thyme, sage and rosemary mixed with a little bit of olive oil and salt on the grill.
Caprese salad, which is my all time favorite. I made some fresh pesto for the occasion.
A farro salad mixed with the local vegetables. I love farro. I grilled corn, asparagus and zucchini and cut that into small pieces (just took the corn off the cob). I also used local kirby cucumbers that I peeled and sliced into small pieces. Beets are local now too and I roasted a bunch of them and cut them into small pieces once they cooled. For a dressing, I used lots of red wine vinegar, some olive oil and salt. I also took just a few large pinches of feta cheese which just gives the salad a nice bite. You don't even realize the cheese is in it but it makes a difference. If I wasn't serving mozzarella in the other salad, I'd probably add more feta for a bigger taste.
Dessert was simple. Nectarines, cut in half, and brushed with balsamic vinegar and then grilled. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, half a nectarine, fresh blueberries and strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Very summery and good.